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Zanzibar is a destination brimming with crystal clear turquoise waters and pure white sandy coastlines. Discover a side of Africa you may have never noticed before.
As soon as you step off the plane into Zanzibar, you’ll wonder how this sublime beach destination could sit so closely to the grand Serengeti plains of Tanzania. As you begin to wander the main island, you’ll start to see how these beautiful sands and ancient buildings show the breadth of Africa’s cultural melting pot, from Africa to Arabia and the tranquil Indian Ocean.
At first glance you’ll think Zanzibar was made for honeymooners, with coastlines lined with romantic luxury getaways and waters so serene that yachts glide straight over them, it’s easy to fall in love with this tropical paradise. It’s not all for couples though, there’s plenty of Zanzibar holiday destinations to go around for families as well; discover an underwater wonderland teeming with vibrant corals and a colourful marine fishes, and enchanting countrysides that are home to legendary rice paddies and clove plantations.
Zanzibar's pristine white sands and crystal clear turquoise waters are absolutely incredible to witness, and this stunning beach destination perfectly compliments a thrilling Africa safari adventure. There's plenty of ways to do Africa, and we offer so many itineraries that can be tailor-made to create your perfect Africa holiday, but here's an example of a classic Best of Africa Itinerary.
Couples looking for an incredible Africa honeymoon will love pairing a Zanzibar holiday with the vast plains of Africa’s safari destinations. Unwind along pristine white sands, and take in views of the endless crystal clear turquoise waters that the Indian Ocean is so well-known for. With plenty of sublime luxury hotels and romantic hideaways to choose from such as The Palms Zanzibar and Zawadi Hotel Zanzibar, there’s not shortage of seclusion and postcard-worthy beauty across these holiday destinations in Zanzibar.
Travellers looking for some well deserved rest and relaxation after a thrilling Africa safari will love Zanzibar. This tranquil destination is home to some of Africa’s most picturesque white-sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters teeming with kaleidoscopic corals and marine fishes, and an island interior decorated with ancient buildings and rice plantations. Zanzibar is also home to some of Africa’s most serene and blissful luxury beach escapes, so there’s never been a better time to finally visit Africa and create you perfect safari and sea itinerary.
Those travelling with the family will love contrasting the action and adventure of a safari in Africa, with the tranquil coastlines of Zanzibar for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Families travelling with children will love the secluded hideaways and a shallow waters of the coastline, while teenagers can spend hours swimming through an underwater paradise brimming with vibrant fishes and corals just below the ocean’s surface. With plenty of luxury hotels available to suit every type of traveller - including all inclusive Zanzibar holidays - we make it easy to round off an exciting safari in Africa with a beach holiday in paradise.
Zanzibar is world-renowned for being home to some of the best diving sites in the world, making it the perfect destination for every type of traveller to give scuba diving a go!
With an abundance of kaleidoscopic corals and a wealth of marine fishes to discover, it’s no wonder diving has become of the biggest draws for those visiting Zanzibar’s whites-sand coastlines. Whether you’re a professional or are popping on the oxygen tank for the first time, any and every traveller is welcome to dive in Zanzibar. There’s also the chance to do drift dives, night dives and wall dives for the more experienced scuba divers.
Located along the northern tip of Zanzibar sits one of it’s most treasured beaches; Nungwi.
This gorgeous coastline is postcard-perfect; think postcard-worthy white sands studded with swaying coconut palms, all lapped by the glittering crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. If you manage to pull yourself away from the dazzling beachfront, you’ll discover this is also a great destination to see traditional craftsmen at work as they make dhow boats.
As well as being the name of the main island, Zanzibar is actually an archipelago of beautiful islands that are just waiting to be discovered.
Why not wake up bright and early, and hop into a luxury yacht for an island hopping adventure to discover the islands that called Zanzibar home. Changu Island is the most famous as it’s just a short trip from Stone town, and it boasts a leafy interiors of lush forests that are home to Aldabra tortoises, all lined with pristine sands and turquoise waters. Other popular islets include Chapwani, Chumbe and Bawe.
The name may not be very inspiring but the town itself is the island’s incredible main hub, home to the old city and the cultural heart of Zanzibar.
Very little of the city has changed over the last 200 years, so be prepared for beautiful cobbled alleys, enchanting bazaars and streets lined with grand Arab houses that reflect the most incredible craftsmanship. If that doesn’t sell it to you, it’s probably worth noting that this destination is so stunning at even UNESCO deemed it World Heritage Site worthy!
The beautiful Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is nestled within the central east region of Zanzibar.
This gorgeous, leafy forest is home to the island’s rare Red Colobos Monkey, who are full of character and roam the forests freely. The forest is also home to other species of monkey including the Syke’s monkey, as well as small bucks and bush pigs. It’s said that the elusive Zanzibar leopard roams this forest too, though it hasn’t been spotted for several years…
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Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa